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|“||What if we confirm Hannah's stories about Bryce? What if we give the school our scapegoat? They have someone to blame, the Bakers have someone to charge with a crime, then whatever we did doesn't matter as much.||„|
|~ Tyler using Bryce as a scapegoat to escape punishment.|
Tyler Down is a major character in 13 Reasons Why, appearing as a major antagonist in the first season, an anti-hero turned final antagonist in the second season, and a supporting protagonist in the third season. He is a part of Hannah Baker’s Baker's Dozen and is the subject of Hannah Baker’s fourth tape from her list of reasons why she commits suicide.
He is portrayed by Devin Druid.
Tyler began stalking Hannah and took a picture of her and Courtney kissing without their consent. After Hannah rejected him he sent the photo around the school as revenge.
He initially starts off as a minor antagonist because of his treatment of Hannah Baker, but is slowly built up to be a major threat against Liberty High because of the large arsenal he has in possession. That said, he otherwise mostly served as a minor annoyance.
By season 2 he becomes more of an anti-hero seeking to bring down the school’s corrupt system, but later becomes an anti-villain as the series progresses until the season finale where he is brutally sodomized by Montgomery de la Cruz and becomes the final antagonist, attempting to murder all the kids at the Spring Fling.
Tyler has most likely always been some kind of an outcast, never been or felt included in a group of friends or acceptance but has not necessarily been vile. However, he can be selfish if not cruel, as he likes stalking people and even admitting it himself. He stalked Hannah Baker with no care for her privacy and out of spite, sent a photo of her and Courtney Crimsen kissing around the school because he was rejected by Hannah. This eventually led to Courtney betraying Hannah as well.
In season 2, Tyler bonds with the anarchistic Cyrus, whom Tyler (and sometimes with Clay) commits several acts with, such as pranking Marcus Cole with a color bomb for his hypocrisy, setting up a fake date for Ryan Shaver for lying in court, and vandalizing the school's baseball ground. When Tyler publishes the pictures of when he and Cyrus vandalized the ground, Monty becomes so angry that he brutally assaults Tyler, leaving him both physically and mentally scarred. Tyler becomes much more vengeful and misanthropic as he then plans to commit a massacre against the school's prom but Clay successfully stops him from doing that.
In season three, he becomes better mentally after some support from Clay and the rest of the group. He still retains some of his violent nature as shown when he threatens to kill Bryce in his apartment, but he relents after Bryce reveals that he did not know that Monty raped him. Tyler also becomes more out-spoken, demanding that Monty says sorry for what he did and eventfully revealing that he was raped during Jessica's speech. He is now a lot nicer than he used to be; still anti-social, but not overly selfish or cruel. That being said, he did help the others frame Monty for Bryce's murder.
- Stalking Hannah by going near her house and unknowingly taking pictures of her.
- Taking a picture of Hannah and Courtney kissing without their consent and sending it around the school which resulted in them getting harassed (and resulted in Courtney turning on Hannah as well). What's worse is that he did this because he was upset with Hannah for rejecting him.
- Trying to make what he did appear to be less bad than it was. This counts as a villainous act because while what he did wasn't unforgivable, he still tried to avoid the consequences of his actions.
- Vandalizing the soccer field with Cyrus, along with Clay Jensen who had little involvement and was only a minor accomplice.
- Blackmailing Marcus Cole with a video of him making out with a girl in the Clubhouse.
- Attempting to do the unthinkable act of shooting up the entire student body during the Spring Fling dance.
- Eventually, Clay and his friends covered up Tyler, made up a story to save him and brought him through therapy.
- Confronting Bryce Walker and threatening to shoot him in his house.
- Bryce ends up talking him out of it and eventually helps him by threatening Monty with blackmail to stay away from Tyler.
- In the novel, it is unknown if he stalks Hannah. However, it is confirmed that he does in the Netflix series.
- Tyler Down has become more redeemed and honorable in 13 Reasons Why Season 3.
- It had taken Tyler a lot of help from Clay Jensen and countless others for him to come forward and open up about his mistreatment. Eventually, Tyler had made some friends that helped him and protected him and covered up his shooting by making it into a false flag. Tyler himself, took advantage of his new support system and started becoming more social. He even promised Clay that he would clear his name after the cops arrested him for killing Bryce.
- Tyler has eventually been honored by those who had supported him through his trouble on the Season 3 finale which would make him more of an anti-hero or a redeemed villain for the 13 Reasons Why franchise. He also made amends with Zach, who despite his fear of Tyler for the attempted school shooting, stopped disliking him after finding out about Monty raping him. He even helped cover Alex's murder of Bryce because he didn't want him to get in trouble.